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316                           LETTERS   FROM   THE

with trees, and savages cultivating, in the small
open spots of the woods, sufficient vegetables
for their subsistence. The distant hills and the
verdure look like the general face of England.

When I go to the town, I dine with the
governor, where I have a general invitation, or at
one merchant's or another. We live a great deal
upon soup of rice, fowl, beef and eggs, and, now
and then, pigeons from a dovecote. Fruit, except
oranges, is not to be thought of, for, although in
this island the forests are full of fruit, individuals
raise none worth mentioning. The Avogada pear
is a fine thing, like marrow spread on bread. I
have eaten one excellent pine-apple; the rest were
not a mon gout. The bread-fruit is a good kind
of potato as to taste. When the season grows
dry I shall move about more and be more enter-
taining.

La! what an ambassador Sir J. W. will make!
His riband and his wife will do very well, but
the vovs is wanting, though, perhaps, he has enough
for Alexander.

The chaplain or rector of the church here, in
conjunction with a commissary, gave  a  ball  the,
other night at a mulatto woman's tavern,     I hear
it was brilliant—all  British, the governor at the
head.